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image SM Adam volume 54/2/5

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SM Adam volume 54/2/5


[7] Preliminary design for a sarcophagus for the funerary monument of Major General James Wolfe, 1759, unexecuted


Elevation of a sarcophagus with a central inscription panel flanked by Ionic pilasters ornamented with drops and bystrigilaed panels. The lid of the sarcophagus is ornamented with a band of acanthus leaves, acroteria ornamented with palmettes and a central segmental tablet containing an ox skull flanked by swags (verso) rough preliminary design for the relief panel (in pencil)


bar scale of 1 1/10 inches to 1 foot

Signed and dated

  • 1759
    datable to 1759

Medium and dimensions

Pencil an dpen on laid paper (261 x 184)


Adam, Robert (1728--1792) - Collections
Robert Adam


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